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From the Pleistocene to the Holocene: Human Organization and Cultural Transformations in Prehistoric North America is now available through Texas A&M University Press

C. Brett Bousman and Bradley Vierra (Statistical Research, Inc.)


"Britt Bousman and Bradley Vierra have compiled a comprehensive volume dealing with the cultural transformations that took place in North America at the end of the last Ice Age and the beginning of the early Holocene. Each of the eleven chapters in From the Pleistocene to the Holocene provides a review of a specific region and these chapters are written by recognized scholars. Each chapter is packed with useful information and new insights into the late Paleoindian-early Archaic transition. Each regional synthesis laces together the archaeology of this time period against the backdrop of climate and environmental changes. This is a much needed and insightful synthesis of an important topic in North American archaeology."

-Michael R. Waters, director, Center for the Study of First Americans in the Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University

The end of the Pleistocene era brought dramatic environmental changes to small bands of humans living in North America: changes that affected subsistence, mobility, demography, technology, and social relations. The transition they made from Paleoindian (Pleistocene) to Archaic (Early Holocene) societies represents the first major cultural shift that took place solely in the Americas. This event—which manifested in ways and at times much more varied than often supposed—set the stage for the unique developments of behavioral complexity that distinguish later Native American prehistoric societies.

Using localized studies and broad regional syntheses, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the diversity of adaptations to the dynamic and changing environmental and cultural landscapes that occurred between the Pleistocene and early portion of the Holocene. The authors' research areas range from Northern Mexico to Alaska and across the continent to the American Northeast, synthesizing the copious available evidence from well-known and recent excavations.With its methodologically and geographically diverse approach, From the Pleistocene to the Holocene: Human Organization and Cultural Transformations in Prehistoric North America provides an overview of the present state of knowledge regarding this crucial transformative period in Native North America. It offers a large-scale synthesis of human adaptation, reflects the range of ideas and concepts in current archaeological theoretical approaches, and acts as a springboard for future explanations and models of prehistoric change.

"The authors make a compelling case that a marked change in artifact types is a result of population shifts in the Pacific Northwest . . . well-organized and well-written . . . a welcome summary of data on the Paleoindian and Archaic in Sonora, Mexico . . . an excellent summary of recent data on the Late Pleistocene through Early Holocene developments in central Texas."

-David Carlson, associate professor of anthropology, Texas A&M University."

Info from Texas A&M Unviersity Press Website

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Sept 2012, 346 pages
Hardback: 978-1-60344-760-7

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